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marked by courteous submission or respect

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showing deference

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Now he rattled forth full-throated sentences about patriotism, national glory, and the people's right; now he muttered some perilous stuff or other, in a sly and doubtful whisper, so cautiously that even his own conscience could scarcely catch the secret; and now, again, he spoke in measured accents, and a deeply deferential tone, as if a royal ear were listening to his wellturned periods.
She was then no longer either deferential or patronizing; no longer either a rebel or a slave.
The oppressive sense of the harm she had done led Tess to be more deferential than she might otherwise have been to the maternal wish; but she could not understand why her mother should find such satisfaction in contemplating an enterprise of, to her, such doubtful profit.
Bulstrode had also a deferential bending attitude in listening, and an apparently fixed attentiveness in his eyes which made those persons who thought themselves worth hearing infer that he was seeking the utmost improvement from their discourse.
Here Miss Knag paused to take breath, and while she pauses it may be observed--not that she was marvellously loquacious and marvellously deferential to Madame Mantalini, since these are facts which require no comment; but that every now and then, she was accustomed, in the torrent of her discourse, to introduce a loud, shrill, clear 'hem
On reaching the offices of the board, Stepan Arkadyevitch, escorted by a deferential porter with a portfolio, went into his little private room, put on his uniform, and went into the boardroom.
The pupils cared little for a companion who had no grand stories to tell about home; no friends to come with post-horses, and be received in all humility, with cake and wine, by the governess; no deferential servant to attend and bear her home for the holidays; nothing genteel to talk about, and nothing to display.
Seymour, 45, said the Profumo affair meant people were less deferential to politicians and more likely to try to hold them to account.
Deferential vulnerability arises when individuals subordinate themselves or submit to an authority figure when making decisions about their day-to-day lives and existence within their specific environment and relationships.
displeasure nor complexities in administering deferential review
He was personable, not personal, deferential, not domineering.
Our still-far-too-polite and deferential host told us: "A lot of comedians are getting involved in politics - Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Boris Johnson.
The sanctions committee is deferential to the mastermind of the 26/ 11 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 innocent people from several countries, including the US and Israel.
But a deferential standard for claim construction was cited as unhelpful for a number of reasons.
He said he agreed because his Asian background made him deferential to his boss.